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Justin Smith’s decision might come Friday

Justin Smith takes down Saints quarterback Drew Brees – along with New Oleans’ left tackle – in the 2011 divisional playoffs. Smith is considering retirement, and he could decide Friday.
Justin Smith takes down Saints quarterback Drew Brees – along with New Oleans’ left tackle – in the 2011 divisional playoffs. Smith is considering retirement, and he could decide Friday. Sacramento Bee file

Defensive lineman Justin Smith, who has been teetering on the brink of retirement since the 2014 season ended, was at the 49ers’ facility Wednesday but did not meet with general manager Trent Baalke.

Baalke said on PFT Live radio that he had an event Wednesday that took him away from 49ers headquarters and that the two didn’t speak. He said he expects Smith to be on hand later this week and that “probably Friday I’ll have more of a feel” for where things stand on Smith’s future.

Smith, 35, has been regularly working out since the season ended, although he told The Bee last week not to read too much into that; his routine would be the same if he planned to play a 15th season or not.

When the season ended, reports emerged that Smith would retire. Baalke and coach Jim Tomsula, however, have urged Smith to take his time in reaching a decision and have been careful not to pressure him. Smith is in the final year of his contract. If he returns, he said 2015 more than likely would be his final season.

“He’s a hard guy to read,” Baalke said. “He’s a guy who likes to live on the edge a little bit and keep people waiting. But if he chooses to (return), we’ll welcome him back with open arms. And if he chooses not to, we’re prepared for that as well.”

49ers will practice with Broncos – A year after they had a round of joint practices with the Ravens outside of Baltimore, the 49ers will do the same with the Broncos before their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver.

Last year’s session at the Ravens’ training camp lasted three days and followed the teams’ preseason game. According to 9News in Denver, this year’s session will be Wednesday and Thursday prior to the Saturday game, the 49ers’ third preseason game.

There are plenty of connections between the squads. Baalke and Broncos general manager John Elway have a good relationship. San Francisco defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie grew up with Broncos pass rusher Von Miller and considers him a brother. Miller also is close with 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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